Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner

Militants give FG ultimatum to release $1bn for Niger Delta development

By Emma Amaize & Henry Umoru Warri on 22/12/2017

Views: 1,041

•Niger Delta militants
•Niger Delta militants

Niger Delta militants have demanded the release of $1bilion by the Federal Government from the Excess Crude Account for the Niger Delta region to tackle development the same way it approved $1bn to fight insurgency in the North-East or they will begin massive destruction of oil pipelines and facilities. This came as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said, yesterday, that the $1 billion recently approved for the Federal Government from Excess Crude Account, ECA, by the National Economic Council, NEC, to assist security architecture in the country, would not be spent without the consideration of the Upper Chamber.

The threat to destroy oil facilities across the region in a well coordinated attack, tagged “Cripple the Economy with Zero Crude Production”, sparked a major fear, as any destruction could mean lack of funds to finance the 2018 budget.

Leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, a coalition of nine militant groups, self-styled “Major General” Johnmark Ezonbi a.k.a Obama, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, said: “We demand our own share of the $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for the development of the Niger Delta within four weeks.”

They vowed to deal with South-South governors who were part of the decision, warning all foreign nationals to leave the region as all its unit commanders had been put on red alert to resume operation zero oil producing on the expiration of the four-week ultimatum.

The group said: “We will ensure that anything that stands on our way will be crushed without mercy. All foreign nationals are hereby advised to leave the region as all our unit commanders have put on red alert to resume operation zero oil production on the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum.

“The governors of the South -South will not be spared for being part of that decision to approve $1bn to combat insurgency, while our region suffers. The golden hen that lays the egg has nothing to show for what she gives.

“We want to warn the Federal Government not to take the current ceasefire, which the country is enjoying with the daily crude oil production of between 2.2 to 2.4 million barrels of crude production amounting to billions of naira on daily basis for government and which has helped the country get out of recession for granted.

“We want to state categorically that the President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government is wicked, callous, insensitive and practically negates the principles of natural justice by using resources derived from a neglected region to combat insurgency in the North East in the senseless Boko Haram war to the tune of $1bn from the Excess Crude Oil account.

“Why not Excess Account from the sale of agriculture in the Northern part of the country, why from the creek of the Niger Delta? The Federal Government’s insensitivity to the Niger Delta region development has obviously reached its crescendo, which we will not take, but resist with our might, as this broad day light robbery against the Niger Delta people and ethnic nationality will not be accepted by us.

“We are going to resist this perpetual injustice against our long neglected people in the region. Imagine up till now, the N6 billion approved for the take off of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, has not been released while there is no hope of starting an academic session in the institution this year. Is this how we will continue to live in a country where injustice reigns supreme?

“The four-point agreement that was reached with the Host Communities of Nigeria by the Federal Government has not been approved up till date; the 10,000 pipeline surveillance jobs have also not been approved. Government has not endorsed the gas penalty fund for the Host Communities and 10 licenses of the modular refineries as we speak.

“Even the 16-point demand submitted to Mr. President has not seen the light. That is the reason the Federal Government is skeptical to implement any of the 16- point demands, the group added.”

The militants also cautioned the Federal Government against some Niger Delta jobbers parading Abuja, using the Amnesty Office, Ministries of Niger Delta and Petroleum Resources as their farmlands. They, however, said: “We must not fail to place on record the genuine efforts of some Niger Delta leaders and stakeholders who have contributed in no small way to the peace process that the Federal Government is enjoying today, including Jude Tabai, son of retired Supreme Court Judge. He brought the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, to the creek.

“RNDA cannot also forget the contributions of Chief Francis Inegeniki of Edo State, a stakeholder in the region, who played major role to persuade us to lay down our arms and accept the federal government’s ceasefire in the interest of the development of the region.

“We also note the Pere of Seimbiri Kingdom and former TROMPCOM national chairman, His Majesty Pere Charles Botu, who also made frantic efforts for peace to reign and had been at the forefront fighting for the emancipation of the Niger Delta region.

“The Federal Government should know that the countless efforts of persons like elder statesman, Alabo Graham Douglas and former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, have helped to sustain the existing peace in the creek.  Government’s policies and programmes in no way point to any form of development in the long neglected region despite the huge resources the country gets from the region.” (Vanguard)

Source News Express

Posted 22/12/2017 12:40:11 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Bloody Sallah: Yet another bomb blast rocks Kano...

Messi’s name saves Argentine from kidnappers in Nigeria...

Why we stopped Davido from travelling to America...

Yobe, Sudan partner for establishment of medical school...

Why we approved N25b loan for Dickson —Bayelsa...

Anambra Council of Traditional Rulers anoints Obiano as...

NBTE wades into KadPoly management/ASUP impasse

Fidelity Bank dismisses spurious allegations, commits to best...

El-Rufai brokers peace in Sultan Bello Mosque, sets...

FG assures on 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu/Onitsha expressway...

DSS keeps mum on Sowore’s whereabouts as activists...

10,000 apply to be Commissioners, Governor’s aides in...

 

Latest News How we captured billionaire kidnap kingpin Wadume in his hideout — Police Buhari bars ministers from direct contact with him INEC server: No cause for alarm over Supreme Court’s ruling — Atiku HURIWA raises the alarm over President Buhari’s use of armed forces to trample on the civil rights of Nigerians Okowa mourns Ex-NPFL Chairman, Oyuki Obaseki, hails him as ‘an exceptional statesman and great sports administrator’ Kidnappers now demand foodstuffs to free victims Killings: Benue Security Council suspends three traditional rulers Why we will continue to attack Igbo leaders - IPOB Police debunk video of alleged killing of Igbo man by Muslim youths in Abuja Kogi Assembly asks chief judge to set up impeachment panel for deputy gov Slain Enugu Catholic priest buried Confusion as EFCC denies raiding Ambode's home

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (528,570 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (438,420 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (383,288 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (322,124 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (290,118 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (251,160 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (245,814 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (232,655 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (227,825 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (214,043 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (192,977 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (190,890 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (98) Business & Economy (4,396) Business Verdict (79) Columnists (1,094) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (647) Features (795) Global Business Monitor (419) ICT Monitor (58) International (3,850) Interview (198) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (166) Maggie's Blog (383) News (50,201) Opinion (1,326) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,319) Religion (1,085) Sports (2,133) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera